Ink manufacturers report that their customers are optimistic about the future of the packaging printing market.
Bridget Klebaur, Associate Editor05.01.14
The flexo ink market has shown positive growth in 2013 into 2014, with customers expressing satisfaction and trends continuing to move towards functional and sensory packaging. The flexo ink segments continue to grow, pushing into gravure-like quality while also moving to not only high speed but also high width platforms, which is the next level of efficiency.
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) 2013 Annual State of the Industry Report, presented last month, showed thatl flexo solvent-based and water-based inks enjoyed growth. Overall, NAPIM estimates that more than $1 billion in liquid packaging inks were sold in 2013, a growth of 1.3%; flexo inks make up a large majority of those sales.
“Many gravure printers now also have flexo presses/plants, allowing them to compete in any arena,” said Grant Shouldice, vice president, marketing & technology packaging inks north America, Flint Group. “ Advances with high definition and expand
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